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VET NURSES: Committed to the Best Care
Jennifer has a soft spot in her heart for scruffy dogs. She grew up on the North Carolina coast with Miniature Schnauzers, as well as rabbits, birds, and fish. Today her home in Raleigh is a small, happy zoo—her parrotlet, Egyptian spiny mouse, Chilean rose hair tarantula, Madagascar hissing cockroach, and tropical fish—all watched over by her “son,” a 7-year-old Irish Terrier named Finley.
Jennifer’s motto is: “Time spent with animals is added to your life.” In addition to tending her menagerie, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, yoga, and cooking. Her spirit animal is the curious, determined, quick-witted raven.
As a child, Jennifer read every book she could about animals. In middle school, she started pet-sitting for her neighbors. In high school, she started working with livestock. In college, she worked on a hog farm. Jennifer is a former livestock agent for the state of N.C., and has experience in both small animal and exotic animal medicine.
Jennifer earned her B.S. from NC State in Animal Science with minors in Agricultural Business Management and Extension Education. She is currently working toward an MBA online from Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
A team member since October 2017, Jennifer believes the best thing about AHBC is how well we work together. Every single person here genuinely sees pets as family. Every time an emergency comes in, we rally together to do everything we can to help.
When Gabby was 5 years old, her mom bought her a toy veterinary kit. One day she saw a limping duck, so she used the tiny model syringe to squirt dissolved baby aspirin on a piece of bread to offer the injured bird. That was the day she started telling everyone she was going to be a veterinarian.
Gabby grew up in the Hudson Valley, about two hours north of New York City, with an American Eskimo named Sierra. She lived to be 14 years old, and Gabby still finds her fur in her clothes. Sierra was smart and sassy—proof dogs really do match their people.
Gabby’s spirit animal is the independent, adaptable octopus. After earning her pre-vet degree with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May 2018, and armed with years of undergrad experience in both farm and small animal medicine, Gabby struck out for North Carolina to pursue her singular dream. Her plan is to establish residency and apply to the esteemed NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine, alma mater of our founder and owner, Dr. Goetz.
“Working at AHBC is incredibly rewarding,” Gabby says. Her favorite part is the passionate team that pushes her to greater heights. And she loves sending rescue animals to forever homes. Within weeks of joining AHBC in October 2018, Gabby adopted an AHBC rescue kitten, Bud, to play second fiddle to her alpha girl cat, Corona.
Gabby’s hobbies include hiking, drawing, playing piano, belly dancing, and cuddling her cats. Her life’s motto is from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
ASSISTANTS: Our Pet Care Specialists
Christina grew up in Cameron, North Carolina, with two dogs, Boo Boo Bear and ABC, a cat named Pirate Eyes, and a bunny called Blue. She knew she wanted to work in the vet field when she was 8 years old. She finished at the top of her animal science class in high school.
Before she joined AHBC in July 2018, Christina had only one day of experience volunteering at a vet hospital. She took to the work like a duck to water! Thorough, dedicated, responsible, meticulous, and thoughtful, Christina always puts patient care first and impresses the team with her commitment every day. She’s a soft-spoken leader who loves learning new things and embracing every challenge. As she picks up even more skills and knowledge, she continues to grow as a person and animal lover.
The best thing about working at AHBC for Christina is making animals feel better. She says, “It gives me a real sense of purpose and satisfaction.” When a little rescue cat came in with a broken jaw and arm after falling from a three-story balcony, Christina was instrumental in nursing her back to health. She worried every night if the cat would make it. That cat is now our second hospital cat, Bebe! And Bebe loves no one more than Christina.
Christina lives in Franklinton with her husband, his parents, and a cat named Rosy, who recently got her first check-up at AHBC. She likes to read and crochet, and plans to adopt as many cats as possible one day. Her spirit animal is the loyal, protective, intelligent wolf.
Debbie grew up in upstate New York with many dogs and cats. Her family is deeply rooted in law enforcement, and taught her the values of hard work and integrity, as well as to love what you do. That’s why she works at AHBC. Debbie joined our team in October 2018.
For years Debbie was a loyal pet parent at our hospital. She adopted a rescue tabby cat from us and named him Brier. Recently she adopted a dog, Mama Girl, from the Granville County Animal Shelter, where she volunteers every week. After much patience and gentle encouragement from Debbie, Mama Girl gets along great with her other pooch, Link.
When she’s not busy feeding and sheltering her community cats, Debbie loves to run and hike. Rain or shine, not a day goes by for Debbie without running! She brings her running shoes to work almost day.
Debbie earned her undergraduate degree in sociology with a minor in criminal justice. Last year she retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the rank of Lieutenant. No one, and we mean no one, messes with Debbie! Yet she is one of the kindest, most generous and caring people you’ll ever meet. Debbie gets excited with every new thing she learns and every animal and pet parent she helps. Her spirit animal is the strong, courageous lion.